The British glam-rock band formed in 1970, Queen, is behind countless hit songs such as the “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” The epitome of rock music in the Seventies and the Eighties, Queen were truly the biggest stars of their time. The captivating band leader, Freddie Mercury is etched in the memory of all Queen fans as the greatest musician of all time. It was his preening and over the top renditions that made Queen hugely popular. Now, revived with the addition of American Idol alum, Adam Lambert, the famous group is out on its Queen + Adam Lambert Tour 2017 – 2018. The tour began on 23rd June, 2017 and is expected to last till 6th March, 2018. So, grab your Queen tickets at the earliest, to be a part of this historic tour!
The Story of Queen
Queen’s roots go back to 1967, when drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May created a group with singer Tim Staffell called, Smile. Staffell soon left the band to pursue a solo career. The remaining two members then teamed up with Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name Farrokh Bulsara), from a group called Wreckage and bassist John Deacon, to create the band “Queen”.
At the start, they avoided the club circuit and played very few gigs, spending most of their time rehearsing. After finishing college, the group began touring in 1973, the same year as the release of their eponymous debut album.
Breakthrough and International Success
Queen got their first major breakthrough with their second album, Queen II, released in 1974. This album enabled them to chart in the UK, reaching the fifth spot. The single “Seven Seas of Rhye”, written by Mercury, reached number ten in the UK and was the band’s first hit. It was, however, the release of Sheer Heart Attack, later that year and the subsequent A Night at the Opera in 1975 that made the group a major international success. The latter featured one of Queen’s most iconic songs, “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
In 1977, the band released their album, News of the World, which had another couple of iconic singles “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”. Both these songs have become a staple anthem at numerous sports venues. With such huge success, Queen became one of the biggest stadium rock bands of the early Eighties. Their single, “Another One Bites the Dust”, released in 1980, went on to become their best-selling single and their Greatest Hits album from 1981 became their best selling album in the UK. It has been certified an impressive eight times platinum in the US.
Musical Style and Influences
Queen’s sound was a unique mix of glam rock and heavy metal with intricate vocal harmonies added with the voice of Mercury. The group quickly rose to fame among heavy metal fans – thanks in part to the music and in part to the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the band. Queen drew its artistic influence from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Who, The Kinks and many similar groups. Jimi Hendrix was a major influence along with the legend, Aretha Franklin. The main genres that the band played around with in their music were progressive rock, art rock, hard rock, pop rock, symphonic rock and psychedelic rock.
One of the most distinctive features of the sound of Queen was their vocal harmonies, which were usually made up of the voices of Taylor, Mercury and May. To some extent, the development of this unique sound can be attributed to Roy Thomas Baker, the former producer for the band and engineer Mike Stone.
Impact on the Music Industry
Queen have been widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in the hard rock and heavy metal genres. They have been a source of inspiration for many other musicians in various genres. These include the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Metallica, Megadeths, Anthrax, Muse, Nirvana, Radiohead, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Robbie Williams, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Panic! At the Disco, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.
The Death of Mercury and Adam Lambert
In 1988, fans began noticing the ghastly appearance of Mercury, with media reports speculating that he had AIDS. Mercury continued to deny having any kind of illness, citing exhaustion as the cause for his deteriorating appearance. On 23rd November, 1991, Mercury confirmed that he had AIDS and died shortly after.
A tribute concert was held in London’s Wembley Stadium in April, 1992, with a crowd of 72,000 in attendance. Various big names in the music industry, including Def Leppard, Elton John, David Bowie, Seal and Metallica performed Queen songs. The concert has been given the title of the biggest rock star benefit concert, according to the Guinness Book of Records, televised to more than 1.2 billion viewers across the world.
Queen’s remaining members teamed up with American Idol alum, Adam Lambert to hold a series of concerts under the title “Queen + Adam Lambert”. They played two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in July 2012 – both shows sold out within 24 hours of going on sale.
The combination group again performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in September 2013. The Queen + Adam Lambert Tour began in North America in the Summer of 2014. In 2016, the Queen + Adam Lambert 2016 Summer Festival Tour began.
Awards and Achievements
Over the years, Queen has sold anywhere from 150 million to 300 million records – making them one of the best selling music artists of all time. The band has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award in 1990 and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Queen was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002 and was the first band to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. Their song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2009, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” also got inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In addition to these, the band has also won countless other awards, including the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards, Ivor Novello Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Awards and others.
Queen Tour Tickets
The group has returned again alongside Adam Lambert to perform a series of live shows that will go on till 2018. You should get your Queen tour tickets here as early as possible as they are not expected to last long.
You have a chance to relive the amazing music of Queen one more time. Get these tickets and don’t miss out on this opportunity!